This County, created by Acts of the Legislature Dec. 15, 1818; Dec. 21, 1819 and Dec. 24, 1824 is named for Colonel Daniel Appling who served in the War of 1812. Baxley was chosen as the County Site in 1874 and incorporated in 1875. The first Site, . . . — — Map (db m156561) HM
Baxley's Caroline Pafford Miller (1903-1992) was the first Georgia novelist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. The author was born in Waycross and spent her formative years in the South Georgia wiregrass country. After moving to . . . — — Map (db m10079) HM
National Champions & SEC Champions (12-0-0)
Sept. 6 Tennessee W 16-15 Knoxville, TN
Sept. 13 Texas A&M W 42-0 Athens, GA
Sept. 20 Clemson W 20-16 Athens, GA
Sept. 27 TCU W 34-3 Athens, GA
Oct. 11 Ole Miss W 28-21 Athens, . . . — — Map (db m199028) HM
In 1885, the first streetcars were introduced in Athens, ushering in a new era of progress and improvements to the city. The first cars were powered by mules, but were switched to electric power in 1891.
"Ten miles of well-kept track cover all . . . — — Map (db m207625) HM
In the early 1900s, extension of the street-car tracks out Mileage Ave., Lumpkin St., Prince Ave., and Boulevard produced residential growth that was planned to follow the streetcar line.
Commercial hubs outside of downtown, such as Five Points . . . — — Map (db m207626) HM
Athenian James Camak was the driving force behind the founding of the Georgia Rail Road Company, the first successful railroad in the state.
The Georgia Rail Road Company was created to give Athens manufacturers a reliable transportation . . . — — Map (db m207361) HM
You are standing at the historic terminus of Broad St. Through this iron gable - which represents an original wooden covered bridge to Cook & Brother Factory - you can view historic Downtown Athens. — — Map (db m195756) HM
Born in North Gilbert, Connecticut, November 2, 1754; graduate of Yale, 1772; licensed to preach by the New Haven Association of Ministers, 1775; Tutor in Yale, 1775 – 1779, Chaplain in the Continental Army, 1779 – 1783; Admitted to the . . . — — Map (db m20891) HM
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University, Washington, D.C., by sixteen exemplary women to foster sisterhood, service, and scholarship.
ETA XI Chapter
Chartered January 13, 1973 — — Map (db m214478) HM
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, was founded on Tuesday, December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University by seven Jewels, whose aims sought out Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Man Kind.
ZETA PI Chapter
Chartered May . . . — — Map (db m214479) HM
In 1891 at this site, the Ladies Garden Club was founded by twelve Athens ladies in the home of Mrs. E. K. Lumpkin. Mrs. Lamar Cobb was the first president. Beginning as a small neighborhood group, the club extended membership to all Athens ladies . . . — — Map (db m39083) HM
Athena, designed by artist Jean Westmacott,
Oglethorpe County, Georgia, was carved of
marble from the mountains of Carrara, Italy
by the Carlo Nicoli Studio. The pedestal is
fashioned of Georgia granite from Elbert
County. The sculpture, which . . . — — Map (db m207209) HM
The News Building • One Press Place • Athens, Georgia
The newspaper history of Athens has been colorful and varied. The first newspaper printed in Athens was the Athens Express (Later the Athens Gazette), started in 1808 by Alexander McConnell . . . — — Map (db m207208) HM
the Georgia Rail Road did not cross the Oconee River into Athens until 1883 when Athens investors completed trestles over Trail Creek and the North Oconee River to liberate the railroad from its Carr's Hill terminus and bring it into downtown. . . . — — Map (db m207363) HM
Established in 1916-1917 and accredited in 1922, Athens High and Industrial School (AHIS) was Georgia’s first four-year public high school for African-American students. Originally known as Reese Street School, founded in 1914, AHIS offered a full . . . — — Map (db m38795) HM
2016 Recipient of the Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup
for service to others
2014 Recipient of the Bobby Bowden Lifetime Achievement Award
“Over The Mountain Touchdown Club", Birmingham, Alabama
2013 Recipient of the Kennesaw State . . . — — Map (db m199031) HM
Ben T. Epps - Georgia's First in Flight -- designed, built and in 1907 flew the first airplane in the State of Georgia. He was born in Oconee County, educated in Clarke County, and attended Georgia Tech. A self-taught aviator, aircraft designer, and . . . — — Map (db m11754) HM
Birthplace of Mildred Lewis Rutherford Lit. D.
Born July 16, 1851. Died August 15, 1928 in Athens.
Historian for Life of the Georgia Division, 1896-1928.
Historian General, 1911-1928, of The United Daughters of the Confederacy. — — Map (db m198544) HM
Vince Dooley led the Bulldogs to 20 bowl games:
North . . . — — Map (db m199027) HM
On March 10, 1834, a group of Athens men met in this house, then the home of Mr. James Camak, to accept the charter of the Georgia Railroad Company and to organize the corporation. At this meeting Mr. Camak was elected its president, and he soon . . . — — Map (db m9128) HM
You are standing at the foot of the hill where distinguished American artist George Cooke (1793-1849) painted View of Athens from Car's Hill in 1845.
Image caption: One of George Cooke's most famous paintings, Interior of St. Peter's, Rome, . . . — — Map (db m207850) HM
Originally used to call students to
classes, chapel services, and specials
events, the University of Georgia
chapel bell was cast by George
Holbrook of Medway, Massachusetts
in 1835. The bell's arrival on campus
is shrouded in mystery, but . . . — — Map (db m175611) HM
For 11,000 years, Native Americans were part of the river and forest communities, and seasonally hunted and gathered food along the North Oconee River.
About one thousand years ago, after the introduction of maize (corn), native people . . . — — Map (db m206379) HM
Generation after generation of people worked, shopped, played, prayed, married, and were buried within this river-based community.
Many former slaves settled into small houses on the floodplain of the North Oconee River in areas called . . . — — Map (db m206380) HM
In 1783 the Oconee River basin was the western boundary of the new United States of America. The first U.S. frontiersmen included surveyors, mapmakers, native guides, and naturalists.
To entice farmers to the new territory, the U.S. . . . — — Map (db m206381) HM
Five legislators on horseback set forth from the state capitol in 1801 to select a site for the nation's first state-supported college. Searching for land away from the temptations of a town, they chose a hilltop at the edge of the frontier. . . . — — Map (db m206383) HM
To avoid high tariffs on cotton sent north for processing, local investors opened their own textile mills. By 1840, Clarke County was the third largest textile producing area in the country.
There were three large textile mills on the . . . — — Map (db m206384) HM
Many kinds of people were important threads in the weave of Athens' historical industrial fabric.
The first mill workers were white men and women, and seasonally leased African-American male slaves. During the Civil War, skilled slaves, . . . — — Map (db m206385) HM
The Chestnut Grove Schoolhouse was established in 1887 to meet the educational aspirations of Black children. It was built and equipped by local Black farmers. The land was donated by a Black farmer named Floyd Kenny, who could not read or write. . . . — — Map (db m56883) HM
Clarke County, created by Act of Dec. 5, 1801 from Jackson County, originally contained Oconee and part of Madison and Greene Counties. It was named for Gen. Elijah Clarke who came to Wilkes County, Ga., from N.C. in 1774 and fought through Ga., . . . — — Map (db m36187) HM
Erected by the Ladies’ Memorial Association. 1871. True to the Soil That gave them Birth and reared them Men: True to their Ancestors of High Renown And Hallowed Worth: Cherishing the Sentiments of Home and Country And the Allegiance there . . . — — Map (db m179038) WM
Presented to Athens Clarke-County by the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School in commemoration of the Golden Anniversary of a Classic Partnership.
For half a century, the U.S. Navy has teamed with Athens-Clarke . . . — — Map (db m207823) HM
• 1862 Cook & Brother purchases property at the junction of Trail Creek and the North Oconee River, builds the Armory and produces Enfield-model rifles for the Confederate Army.
• 1865 Cook & Brother Armory closes at the end of the Civil . . . — — Map (db m60603) HM
To this building in 1862 was brought the machinery of the armory established in New Orleans at the outbreak of the War by Ferdinand W.C. and Francis L. Cook, recent English immigrants, the former a skilled engineer for the manufacture of Enfield . . . — — Map (db m11288) HM
In tribute to the former Georgia tennis coach who Spent a lifetime making UGA the Mecca of amateur tennis: winningest coach
NCAA Division I history; father of the NCAA team tournament; founder of the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame; pioneer in . . . — — Map (db m198496) HM
“You triumphed over obstacles which would have overcome men less brave and determined.”President McKinley Dedicated to The Veterans of 1898 to 1902 by the Camps and Auxiliaries of the Department of Georgia United States War . . . — — Map (db m120240) WM
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, was founded on Monday, January 13, 1913, on the campus of Howard University by twenty-two college educated women who saw no limits to their vision for sisterhood, scholarship and service.
ZETA PSI . . . — — Map (db m214477) HM
Dr. Moses Waddel, educator and minister, was born in 1770 in N.C. At fourteen he began teaching pupils near his home. Moving to Ga. In 1786, he taught in the Greensboro area until 1787, opening another school at Bethany, Greene County, in 1788. . . . — — Map (db m38874) HM
William Lorenzo Moss, medical researcher and physician, was born in this house at 479 Cobb Street in Cobbham on August 23, 1876. Crawford W. Long was the attending physician. Dr. Moss received his B.S. degree from the University of Georgia in 1897 . . . — — Map (db m11872) HM
Dudley Park was named to honor Mr. A.J. Dudley, who worked in the Climax Hosiery Mill as a sweeper (like the boy in the picture below). Later, Mr. Dudley became the mill owner.
Mr. Dudley was a self-made man who prospered as the mill owner, . . . — — Map (db m207634) HM
This park is dedicated to Alonzo Gordon Dudley
He served as Mayor of Athens for 12 years 1926-1935 and 1938-39
his untiring efforts towards civic improvement and his countless philanthropic deeds contributed greatly to the economic . . . — — Map (db m207635) HM
Georgia’s pioneer aviator, Benjamin Thomas Epps, was born in Oconee County in 1888. He opened Athens’ first automobile repair garage at this location on East Washington Street in 1907. That same year, nineteen-year-old Epps designed and built his . . . — — Map (db m11755) HM
Founders’ Memorial Garden which commemorates the founders of America’s first garden club. The Ladies Garden Club organized in 1891, Athens, Georgia. This garden was developed on University of Georgia campus by University’s Landscape Architecture . . . — — Map (db m35108) HM
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior First Home of the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Dedicated Oct. 6, 1964 — — Map (db m120298) HM
By 1924, the spread of tuberculosis had reached epidemic levels in Athens, with 100 active cases and a death toll in excess of 160. This caused public health officials to request a sanitarium (hospital) to be built. The result was a Spanish-style . . . — — Map (db m198497) HM
In tribute to the Georgia Track captain 1937, SEC Team Champion;
1936 Olympic Champion, 110 mtr. HH; set world record of 13.7 at Oslo in 1936;
NCAA champion 1936 AND 1937; Georgia track coach 1939 - 42, 1946 - 75;
Captain, U.S. Army, May 1942 - . . . — — Map (db m198569) HM
This plaza is dedicated to the memory of Gary A. Cleveland, Production Director for the Athens Banner-Herald from 1980-2009. He started his career with the newspaper in 1969. Cleveland led the newspaper's transition from cold-type production to . . . — — Map (db m207207) HM
Home of the Athens YMCA from 1889 until 1919, the original building on this site became a music store, movie house, hotel, Masonic Temple, furniture company and Sears Roebuck store before being replaced by the Elite Theatre in 1935.
Except . . . — — Map (db m221160) HM
"Greater love hath no man than this - that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Gold Star Honor Roll Athens and Clarke County
Chester P. Adair
William G. Allen
Edward H. Bugg
Joe Carson . . . — — Map (db m221696) WM
The Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery was founded in 1882 by the Gospel Pilgrim Society, a fraternal organization, to furnish respectable funerals and burial places for Athens-area African Americans. Popular in the nineteenth century, such societies offset . . . — — Map (db m14500) HM
This marker overlooks the site of the first intercollegiate football game played in the state of Georgia and one of the first to be played in the deep south. On January 30, 1892 Georgia defeated Mercer College 50 to 0 on the stubbly grounds that . . . — — Map (db m11709) HM
This valley formed by Tanyard Creek is site of many great moments in University of Georgia athletic history. In 1911, a football/baseball facility with wooden grandstands, Sanford Field, was built here. The Bulldog football team played in it until . . . — — Map (db m198449) HM
In their Springdale houses they shared the joys of music and the visual arts with friends, family, students and faculty. HUGH HODGSON
1893 - 1969
570 SPRINGDALE was designed by architect Ed Wade and built in 1941 by Sam Wright for . . . — — Map (db m14191) HM
On Jan. 6, 1961, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter became the first two African American students to enroll at the University of Georgia when they walked past the historic Arch and into this building to register for classes. On this day, January . . . — — Map (db m11699) HM
Joseph Henry Lumpkin, born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, Dec. 23, 1799, entered the University of Georgia at fifteen, completing his college education at Princeton, New Jersey, in 1819. Lumpkin passed the bar in 1820 and began practicing law in . . . — — Map (db m37800) HM
College Football Hall of Fame, 1994
State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 1978
State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, 1984
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from American Football
Coaches Association for lifetime contributions to the
sport of . . . — — Map (db m198981) HM
"Georgian of the Year" by the
Georgia Association of Broadcasters, 1984
"Sports Administrator of the Year" by the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 1984
Georgia Trend Magazine
Top 100 Georgians of the Century, 2000
NACDA Division I-A . . . — — Map (db m221605) HM
In memory of our martyred brothers, sisters and unknown others lynched between 1870-1964 in Athens Georgia
Dan Ahern •
Richard Allen •
Thomas Allen • Lon J. Aycock • Wallace Baynes
Herman L. Bigby •
Aaron Birdsong •
Jeff Bolden • . . . — — Map (db m198869) HM
In memory of the unknown individuals interred in this area during the 19th century, on land that was part of the old Athens Cemetery. In 2015, remains were discovered during the construction of the Baldwin Hall addition. The vast majority of the . . . — — Map (db m198833) HM
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. Incorporated, was founded on September 19, 1963, on the 5th step of Hurt Gymnasium on the campus of Morgan State College by the twelve most honorable men. The fraternity's motto is "Building A Tradition, Not Resting Upon . . . — — Map (db m214485) HM
This academy was founded in 1881 at Landrum Chapel (Ebenezer Baptist Church, West) by the Rev. Collins Henry Lyons. In 1886 a new facility was constructed at this site, now on the University of Georgia campus. Here black youth were taught college . . . — — Map (db m46841) HM
In memory of Lieutenant John Rice Hudson
United States Naval Reserve
Born 12 November 1954
Died 23 October 1983
Lt. Hudson lost his life in the terrorist bombing of U.S. Marine Corps Battalion Landing Team . . . — — Map (db m198501) HM WM
Native of Columbus, GA. Pitcher - First Baseman 1908 Georgia Baseball Team. Southern Champions. UGA’s Board if Trustees. Athletic Board, State Board of Regents, President Alumni Society, Distinguished Alumnus Award
August 17, 1888 December 31, . . . — — Map (db m198560) HM
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, was founded on January 5, 1911, at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The ten illustrious founders adopted the motto: "Achievement in every field -of human endeavor."
ZETA IOTA Chapter . . . — — Map (db m214480) HM
Welcome to the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden!
Constructed in 1998, this garden is managed by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI). Ethnobotany is the study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people . . . — — Map (db m221587) HM
1984 - 1994 Board of Trustees University of Georgia Foundation
2003 Chairman of the National Sportsmanship
and Behavioral Summit
2006 Appointed to the Southeastern Horticulture Board 2007 Appointed to Georgia Historical Board of Curators . . . — — Map (db m221589) HM
Originally from Macon, Georgia, African-American architect Louis H. Persley attended Lincoln University, and graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1914. Persley then joined the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. One of his . . . — — Map (db m11753) HM
Lt. Col. Jefferson Mirabeau Lamar commanded Cobb’s Legion Infantry at Crampton’s Gap. Lamar graduated from the University of Mississippi before opening a law practice in Covington, GA. A month after his July 1861 marriage to his cousin, Mary Ann . . . — — Map (db m108759) HM
Lucy Cobb Institute, a College for Girls, was established in 1858 through the effort of T. R. R. Cobb and named for his daughter, Lucy. Later, three of his nieces taught here: Miss Mildred Rutherford, Principal, Mrs. Mary Ann Lipscomb, Mrs. Bessie . . . — — Map (db m208807) HM
Many different products were manufactured in the Athens mills, but the mills all worked in a similar way. Production started with the force of water spinning the waterwheel.
The system of gears, shafts, pulleys, and belts, called the power . . . — — Map (db m195761) HM
Coming to the sawmill with felled trees, the settlers would leave with sawn timber to build their houses, barns and furniture.
Water powered the saw cutting blades for the frontier millers. At the early sawmills, the saw blades were rectangular . . . — — Map (db m195762) HM
Water provided the power to saw, bore, mill, forge, cast and polish high quality rifles, carbines and bayonets at the Cook & Brother Armory during the Civil War.
Gun parts needed to be interchangeable so that a broken gun could be repaired on . . . — — Map (db m195770) HM
Making textiles from raw cotton required several steps. Each step was done in its own location in the mill, using different machinery and workers.
1849 Botanical print of a cotton plant
Lapping Cotton came lo the . . . — — Map (db m196469) HM
Weaving fabric required very skilled workers. Award-winning fabrics required good designers as well as attentive machine operators.
People became identified by the job they did in the mill. What position a person had depended upon ability, . . . — — Map (db m196470) HM
May Erwin Talmadge was the eighteenth President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1944-1947. Mrs. Talmadge and her husband, Julius Young Talmadge (1880-1940), an Athens businessman, made their home in this . . . — — Map (db m39086) HM
Athens' first settlers used the huge forests and fertile soil of the area to build their homes and provide food and clothing material.
The first industry along the North Oconee River in Athens was a sawmill and gristmill run by Daniel . . . — — Map (db m206374) HM
The Cook brothers came to Athens to manufacture guns for the Confederate Army. Weapons produced in the water-powered Armory were heralded as some of the finest in the South.
Francis and Ferdinand Cook bought William Carr's grist and sawmill . . . — — Map (db m206375) HM
The Athens Manufacturing Co. made thread by twisting cotton fibers together. Cord, rope, and other products were manufactured at this mill using the same technology.
To maintain shape and strength in an automobile tire, a web of belting is . . . — — Map (db m206377) HM
During 145 years of operation the riverside textile mills produced a diversity of fabrics. Materials ranged from sturdy wool and cotton cloth for Confederate uniforms to lightweight gauze for modern bandages.
The Athens Manufacturing . . . — — Map (db m206378) HM
In the early 1920s, with increasingly common use of the auto, the streetcar business declined and was discontinued in 1930.
After World War II, the city and county were on a course of rapid expansion that would see the population of the city . . . — — Map (db m207631) HM
He developed and led a sports program that produced 23 national team championships, 78 Southeastern Conference crowns, and Bulldog student-athletes won 98 individual national titles.
Year• Team• Coach
1985•Men's . . . — — Map (db m221590) HM
Oconee Hill Cemetery was purchased in 1855 by the City of Athens when further burials were prohibited in the old town cemetery on land owned by The University of Georgia. In 1856, the City formed a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees to hold and . . . — — Map (db m38875) HM
Run -off water from the upper piedmont forms the Oconee (a Native American word meaning "river").
Below the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia, the Oconee River headwaters begin in the rolling hill country of Hall and Gwinnett Counties . . . — — Map (db m207633) HM
This site is the original burial ground for Athens and contains the remains of its earliest citizens. It is a part of the original tract of land purchased for The University of Georgia by Governor John Milledge in 1801. All people in Athens were . . . — — Map (db m19707) HM
Built in 1806 by Jett Thomas to the specifications of college president Josiah Meigs, Old College was the first permanent building on the University of Georgia campus. Originally named Franklin College in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the building . . . — — Map (db m19515) HM
In summer 1996, Athens, Georgia, shone as the largest Olympic venue site outside Atlanta, as the state hosted the Centennial Olympic Games July 19 - August 4. Some 650,000 visitors bought tickets to events at three University of Georgia venues: . . . — — Map (db m11870) HM
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, was founded Friday, November 17, 1911, on the campus of Howard University, Washington, D.C., by four men on the principles of Manhood,
Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. "Friendship is essential to . . . — — Map (db m214482) HM
This bell was purchased for and hung in the original Oconee Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, located at 142 Oconee Street. It is the first known item to represent the church in the Athens community, arriving in August 1870, before the . . . — — Map (db m207853) HM
Origins of Formal Parterre Gardens Formal gardens originated in France in the 1400s and reached their peak in Europe in the 1600s. They were originally a way for the rich to display their wealth and status.
The “parterre” garden is a type of . . . — — Map (db m199962) HM
Named in honor of Captain Richard P. Pawson, SC, USN (Ret.) who constructed this garden from a drawing by Mrs. Mary Alice Donley
Although Captain Pawson retired after nearly
33 years of active naval duty , he continued his service to the . . . — — Map (db m198505) HM
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